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Tallur L. N., Chromatophobia, 2012, mixed media, 91 × 78 × 89".

Tallur L. N., Chromatophobia, 2012, mixed media, 91 × 78 × 89".

Tallur L. N.

Grounds For Sculpture

Tallur L. N. makes quixotic sculptures and installations that draw on India’s rich tradition of figurative sculpture, recontextualizing this almost clichéd iconography to wryly critique transformations in the country’s society and culture. This comprehensive survey includes works produced over the past thirteen years and two new works inspired by fragments of medieval sandstone sculptures from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Contemporary replicas of classical sculptures are common in India, where they serve both ceremonial and decorative purposes. Tallur frequently subjects such objects—some found, others fabricated in collaboration with craftspeople—to processes of decay and destruction. For both Alzheimer’s, 2006, and Milled History, 2014, he allowed termites and white ants to eat away at wooden figures, simulating the slow wreckage of time. The former work, a freestanding

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